For two days the story has been about how is it between Ferenc Gyurcsány and Gordon Bajnai. When and how did they meet, why did or didn't the two former prime ministers of Hungary take part in an event in each other's company. It was started with the conference of Horthy, and continued with a civil organization of Gyula, the "camp of democracy".
The Low-Cost Saloon, which is attached to the Moving World, and the Social Democrat Value Workshop of the Democratic Coalition (DK)had the conference of Horthy, to which Iván Vitányi invited Gordon Bajnai. So great surprise couldn't be caused by the fact that, the event, which was organized with a gala cast, has a connection to the DK. Vitányi is the permanent and honorary president of the Democratic Coalition, a Member of Parliament of the party. Gyurcsány and Bajnai shook hands with each other during the first minutes of the conference but at the back, behind the rows of chairs. Bajnai stated in advance that he could stay for the first two presentations, and after this he came forward and took a seat in the first row. So Gyurcsány, who made known to his successor as premier that he had to set off in a few moments to the first candidate of his party in Dunaújváros, stayed at back to be able to leave with less attention. That's the story.
However the conference turned out brilliantly: conservative, liberal and leftist historians, and sociologists evaluated the activity of Horthy. It came to light from their presentations that many different pictures can exist about the governor. Some of them spoke of him disapprovingly. Others outlined a portrait with more subtlety. It was a pleasure that Romsics, Turbucz, Ripp, Vásárhelyi, Debreczeni, Kerék-Bárczy, Vitányi, Karsai, Heller, Radnóti, Niedermüller spoke at the same event. More proceeds than this the event could not have.
The second "case" is more difficult. The Camp of Democracy, which was announced by the Club Kobak of Gyula, went astray, when they wrote the name of the DK on the handouts, which were distributed on the internet. The statement doesn't square with the facts that the Endowment of Homeland and Progress' prominent personalities didn't know that the event had indirect connection with the DC, because one of the organizers, Gábor Leel-Össy,is the local organizer of the DK at Gyula. A great many meetings had taken place, before the hopeful programme and the list of names took shape. It had been already known if only the name of the Club Kobak had appeared on the handout then this event would have been held. But this way with the name of the DK it could be qualified as a party event. And Bajnais' main principle is that they don't take part in party events, what so ever it is. From this came the cancellation announcement, and a precious initiative came to nothing.
What's the lesson? If it wasn't mentioned that the party's name would get on the handout then the organizers committed an error, because they would have to respect Bajnais' principles and
sensibility. If the topic came up, but they didn't feel ashamed of their party affiliation, then the good purpose is unambiguous, as is the mistake. It cannot be precluded that other considerations
made Bajnai cancel the invitation, but for this there is no evidence. At the same time it is curious that a former prime minister has such a dread of parties. There is no democracy without parties, and there is no change of Orbán.
The cancellation of the event made no good for anybody obviously. Except for the MSZP and the LMP who can rub their palms, who didn't even want to take part, and for Fidesz, because how divided an opposition he had.
But that is clear we have to take care of each other at the side of democratic opposition. There are not so many powers and personalities, who can try to put the country in its place after 2014. Of course we have only just been at the half-time of the cycle, but we must see that those people, who are fed up with the Fidesz, are hungry for the unity.
And that is a realistic hope that the Camp of Democracy, which can show an oppositional way out and a sketch for the rescue of Hungary, could be a great sensation in the summer of 2013 with the list of names of yesterday morning, or with an enlarged version.